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Race Meeting Report - May 30th

Thu, May 30, 2013

This extra meeting took place on a mainly overcast day with good to soft going, and enough rain to make the going softer still as the afternoon went on. Despite this it wasn't until the sixth race that runners abandoned the far rail and finished up the middle of the course. Fields were fairly small, as a result of which there were no obvious cases of trouble in running.

In the opener one of trainer Roger Varian's lesser lights, Duroble Man (6/4 fav) pulled hard early yet had the energy to take the lead three out and go two or three lengths clear. This ten furlongs trip was enough for the winner. Couloir Extreme ran on quite well without ever looking as if he would catch up in time. Neil Callan was the victorious jockey.

A one mile handicap followed, in which the pink-blinkered Hill of Dreams (11/4 fav) hugged the rails and came through a nice gap to take the lead two out. She only had to be pushed out gently by Jim Crowley for a four-length success for the in-form Dean Ivory yard, Fonterutoli being best of the rest.

The Tom Dascombe-trained This Is Nice (7/4) made all in the seven furlongs maiden to give Jim Crowley a double. Stepping up the pace two out, she ran on for pressure to end Dodina's promising challenge a furlong and a half out. She was eased to win by a length and a half, and did not look like a filly that had had eleven unsuccessful runs before today.

Only four turned out for the five furlongs claimer, with Racy (6/4 joint fav) looking a certainty if he reproduced his old form. Sean Levey bounced him out of the stalls first and the others never got in a blow. Noverre To Go was second. The winning margin of 3¼ lengths could have been doubled. Ed McMahon's charge was claimed by Brian Ellison for £10,000.

Next came a five furlongs handicap, which was won by Whitecrest (5/1). Trained by John Spearing and ridden by Chris Catlin, he came with a run up the middle to overhaul the long-time leader Dorback in the last fifty yards to score by a length, going away.

The only horse obviously in form took the next contest, over six furlongs, in increasingly gloomy conditions. My Sweet Lord (evens fav) led a furlong out and was driven out, without coming under extreme pressure, to beat the outsider Foie Gras by three quarters of a length. The first two finished well clear of the others. Harry Bentley rode for Mark Usher.

A one mile handicap for fillies ended the card. Gay Kelleway's steadily improving filly Yojojo (7/2) took a narrow lead a furlong out under Robert Winston and kept on stoutly to hold off the favourite Lady Bayside by half a length.

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